Government plans put vulnerable people in Derbyshire at risk, warns Chesterfield MP

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, has raised concerns about government plans to cut housing benefit support for thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across Derbyshire, which could put 687 homes in Chesterfield at risk.

Mr Perkins said, “Once again this Government are proposing cuts to those who can least afford it. The cuts that have already been made to Council budgets over the last five years has already had a huge impact on the provision of supported housing, and these proposals could effectively destroy what support is left in Derbyshire.”

Supported housing provides specialist care for groups including the elderly, the homeless, disabled people, veterans, people with mental health problems, young people leaving care and women fleeing domestic violence. Housing experts say that across the country 156,000 supported homes are at risk of closure due to the Chancellor’s cuts.

Labour called a vote this week to ask that the Government exempt supported housing from the housing benefit cuts and to consult with charities, councils and housing associations to safeguard this Apprentice Video Screen Shotvital accommodation. The Government defeated the motion.

Toby said, “I’m very disappointed that the Government rejected our motion and have put vulnerably-housed people at further risk. These proposals could force the closure of thousands of specialist homes and I urge the Government to reconsider before it’s too late”.

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